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by Charles E. Morris Secretary to Governor Cox



There come times in the affairs of men which call
for "not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work."
Such a time is at hand. A great war, the most
devastating in history, has been concluded. Its
moral lesson has been taught by its master minds
and learned in penitence, we may hope, by the
erring and wrongly willful. But the fruits of victory
are ungathered and the beneficence of peace is
not yet attained. The call arises for a "doer of the

Two great political parties in the United States,
both with splendid accomplishments behind them
and both with grave mistakes as well, have
attempted to respond to this call, and America,
whose proudest boast is that it has always found a
man for every great occasion, chooses between
them. It is a solemn and serious hour. For it has
been America's special fortune that its great
teachers and leaders and doers have been found
at just the proper time.

This knowledge of the certain right decision of our
country is, we might almost say, a part of its very
fiber abiding with the persistency of a fixed idea, a
part of the heritage of the nation, scarcely needing
to be taught in the schools, obvious even to the
casual student from an alien land. For our historical
records glow with the stories of the appearance of
man; and the thought of a friendly destiny
seems not easy to banish. Time has given so often
either the inspired teacher of the word or the doer
of the work that there is more than a faith and a
hope, nay almost a conviction, that it cannot fail

now when the agonized appeal of the world
beckons America to complete her high mission to
humanity upon which she embarked when she
threw her power and might on the scales in war.

Those who insist that the fulfillment of that mission
lies in keeping the solemn promises make in
France, accepted by friend and foe alike, for a
League of Nations to end war, to see that
retribution becomes not blind vengeance, to set the
tribes of the earth again on their forward journey,
present as their leader James Monroe Cox,
Governor of Ohio.

A party of traditions, a party that has directed in
every critical period save one since the Republic
began, has said that he meets the requirements of
the time. That party chose him because of his
record for doing, because there was an inner
conviction that he could enter upon a still larger
field with a growing, an ever-expanding capacity.

This, too, furnishes a fitter chapter in the history of
country and party. For the wise selection of men,
even obscure men, has been the tower of our
national strength. America had her Thomas
Jefferson to expound for all the world the real
underlying truth of her Revolution. The equality of
rights and duties spread from a dream of
philosophers to be the doctrine of warriors for
freedom. There was her George Washington to
hold together the tenuous bands of freedom. She
found her James Monroe to lay the foundations of
the doctrine that stern moral precepts forbid the

violation of sovereign rights of the nations. She
brought forth her Andrew Jackson to make the
country in his time safe for democracy, and to
establish for all time that no single money baron,
nor yet any collection of them, is superior to the
power of all the people.

In later time she had her Abraham Lincoln, now in
the judgment of the succeeding generations but
little beneath the Savior of men, preserver of the
Union for its larger duties. She had in this day her
Woodrow Wilson, builder of the newer policy of
world union and recognized spokesman of freedom
in the death struggle with military autocracy. It is of
history that Lincoln and Wilson both were stricken
down with their work incomplete. After Lincoln
there was no doer of the work to finish his task and
the evil of those who perverted the exalted purpose
of the Civil War continues even unto this day.

Coming into the arena of national affairs when
even America seems to doubt and when the selfish
motive of fear threatens to palsy the nation's hand,
Governor Cox became the man to vindicate the
statements and the pledges given before all the
world. His introduction to the conscience and
intellect of the country was a demand that the faith
be kept.

Out of the night of war, the League of Nations has
long been a supreme issue with Governor Cox and
he was chosen to carry the standard because he
had expressed the sentiment most strongly, most
clearly and with greatest emphasis.

Doers have ever been practical men, and such is
Governor Cox. But practicality need not, and does
not, imply a lack of vision. There is such a thing as
ideality in vision and a practical hand to make good
the picture of the mind. The combined qualities are
considered as essentials to the adequate man of
the times, for a vision of a new world order is the
rarest gift of the century, but the man with the
dynamic force and the cunning skill to make this
new dream come true has been wanting.

History—political history—was changed profoundly
when President Woodrow Wilson was stricken.
Men were slow in rallying to his cause, there were
even clouds of doubt, ominous and disturbing,
when the party he led to two victories prepared in
the late June and the early July days of the year
1920 to state its position, its hope and its

In the state in which Governor Cox held leadership
there was no doubt. His own Ohio knew long ago
that at the Democratic National Convention in San
Francisco its chosen spokesmen would
communicate but two mandates on behalf of the
vast majority of the people. One was that Ohio
could do no less than be faithful to its greatest
executive and the other was that the nation's faith
and honor must be kept stainless.

Through Governor Cox that message has been
sbey nht itmo, tthhee leanpgpteha la tnod t hbree Aadmthe riocf atnh ep elaonpdle. iAss osneeen
which began with the first plea to the world powers

for such a concert as would banish the continual
threat of war. This plea was made to warring
powers when the World War began in 1914 and it
was renewed at each favorable opportunity during
the years when America hoped that the war might
be brought to an end before the last great neutral
power was drawn into it. Heeded by the Allies, the
voice of reason was rejected by the Central
Empires, and from that hour there came the
conviction among the earnest lovers of peace that
only the imposition of peace would furnish a new
basis for world concord.

Few men were more downcast than this same man
when long and vexatious delays in the United
States Senate ended at last in the recalcitrant
refusal of the masters of the majority to ratify the
Treaty of Versailles. It is but a fair and truthful
statement to observe that, although his judgment
of the mind of the people told him that the party
which went before the country to vindicate the
sacrifices of the men in the trenches would have a
most compelling issue, he had no wish for such
partisan advantage. As a Democrat, history will tell
that he sought only fair compromise on the treaty,
even suggesting any honest settlement that would
hasten America's entrance into the League.

In his address of acceptance, then, Governor Cox
astse tpop ehids tpo otshitei ofno roen wtihthe tLheea tgeures,e csto omf purtetsesrianngc iet sall
into "I favor going in."

If this question is not answered now and

affirmatively, Governor Cox believes that there
may be delay until nations once more have borne
their crosses on Calvary and until further blood and
treasure are wasted. And so he says now: "I favor
going in."



Men of great versatility are most difficult to picture
comprehensively. Perhaps this is the reason that
no pen-portrait of Theodore Roosevelt ever
seemed quite complete. There was in every single
sketch something that seemed to be left unsaid, a
point made by one was certain to be omitted by
another. Cox is a man after the Roosevelt type.
They were fast friends and they had many ideas in
common. They often exchanged views upon
progressive issues and found themselves largely in
accord. Neither was static in mental processes and
their dynamics were often of the same sort.

But while Governor Cox's intimates compare him
often with Roosevelt, they prefer to liken him to
Andrew Jackson. For Cox is the true Twentieth
Century Jacksonian, they say. Like Andrew
Jackson, Governor Cox can improvise the
organization of a political campaign better than any
man of his time, save Colonel Roosevelt, and the
masterful Colonel won only when he had great

resources at his command. Cox seems to have
reached back into history and grasped the idea of
the manner in which Jackson's men worked with
resources so small that they had to pass
newspapers of their faith from hand to hand.

Largely, it seems, because no war came along
when he was free of family responsibilities
Governor Cox has no martial record. He might
have been a soldier of the Roosevelt type had he
lived in other circumstances but his youth was
spent in the drudgery of toil and there was no
chance for education in a military academy.

Still they call him "fighting Jimmy," and those who
have been through a campaign with him know what
they mean. As a boy there was never need to drive
him forward to personal combat and in the man the
juvenile tendency continued until he was well past
the forty-five-year mark of middle age.

If one were to inventory his external features there
would appear a compact, muscular individual of
about five feet six inches in height and of one
hundred and seventy pounds in weight, every
ounce keyed up to the efficiency of successful
performance. motions indicate a man of quick
decision, a tendency to suddenness that many
older than he have sought to check in his earlier
years. It is a proverb among those who know him
best that when Governor Cox makes an instant
decision he may be mistaken but that when he
thinks it over for a single night he is never wrong.
As the years in a varied experience have passed